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Washington gets first recruit for 2012

4/4/2012

Washington head coach Lorenzo Romar landed his first commitment for the incoming class on Wednesday, according to The Seattle Times.

Well-traveled shooting guard Mark McLaughlin (Kenmoor, Wash./Tacoma C.C.) gave a verbal commitment to the Huskies over Oregon State, West Virginia, Gonzaga and Hawaii.

"It's always been a dream of mine to play for the University of Washington," McLaughlin told the paper. "Since I was little, since I was about 10 I've always loved U-Dub and I always wanted an opportunity to play for them so it's just a blessing that they gave me the opportunity to play for them."

The 6-foot-6 wing originally committed to Washington State in 2007 before signing with Nevada in the fall of his senior year. When head coach Mark Fox left for Georgia, McLaughlin was granted a release from his letter of intent. He spent a post-grad year at New Hampton (N.H.) Prep when he signed with Baylor's 2009 class. He left Texas and enrolled at Seattle University where he averaged 7.2 points in 17 games in 2010-11 before leaving for Tacoma Community College.

He led all of junior college basketball in scoring this winter with 28.4 points per game at TCC.